Anti-immigrant sentiment in China is on the rise. In recent months there has been a surge in online vitriol towards Muslim refugees, while nationalists with openly racist views have become more vocal. One community under fire is the African immigrant population in Guangzhou, a major port city with around 13 million inhabitants, on the Pearl River, 120km north-west of Hong Kong.
In March, at a Communist Party Congress in Beijing, Pan Qinglin, a representative from the northern Chinese municipality Tianjin, advocated “solving the African social problem” in Guangzhou through mass deportation. He claimed that half a million Africans have moved to the southern trading city (academic estimates put the number at tens of thousands) and accused them to likely to bring Aids and Ebola to China. He later told the media that African immigration and its impact on Chinese racial purity will cause Chinese civilisation to collapse. Pan’s proposal garnered significant online support.
An official crackdown on Africans in Xiaobei began in late 2014, Traub says, as the Ebola epidemic took hold in West Africa. “The Chinese authorities used that as an excuse to [target] Africans in Guangzhou; informal commerce was curtailed.
The Africans in Guangzhou feel that “they have a right to be in China because there are so many Chinese doing business and living in Africa…why shouldn’t there be a reciprocal presence of these populations in China?” Traub asks. “China’s resistance to immigration… seems a bit hypocritical and in the long run, perhaps even self-defeating. It seems to me that China’s influence and reach can only go so far if it doesn’t allow the mainland itself to become more cosmopolitan and diverse.” #PanAfricanism #BlackNationalism #BlackEmpowerment #AfricanEmpowerment #AfricanAndProud #BlackAndProud #BlackPride #BlackPower #BlackLivesMatter #Amerikkka #UnapologeticallyBlack #UnapologeticallyAfrican #BlackInAmerica #BlackIsBeautiful #KnowThySelf #KnowledgeOfSelf #KnowledgeOfSelfIsANationality #EconomicEmpowerment #IntegrationFailed #WhiteLiesMatter #Education #AfricanUnification #AfricanUnity #BlackLove #JusticeOrElse #ProBlack